University Hospital Münster

Muenster, Germany


Diagnosis of atherosclerosis of vessels of lower extremities (program ID: 138105)


Giovanni Torsello

Prof. Dr. med.

Giovanni Torsello

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Specialized in: vascular surgery, endovascular surgery

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down
  • 1971 Abitur mit der Note 1
  • 1971-1977 Studium der Medizin in Perugia (Italien)
  • 1977 Medizinisches Staatsexamen
  • 1977 Promotion mit der Note „summa cum laude“
  • 1984 Facharztanerkennung als Chirurg
  • 1986 Erwerb der Teilgebietsbezeichnung„Arzt für Unfallchirurgie“
  • 1988 Erwerb der Teilgebietsbezeichnung„Gefäßchirurgie“
  • 1989 Erteilung der Venia legendi für die Fächer Chirurgie undGefäßchirurgie
  • 1995 Ernennung zum außerplanmäßigen Professor der Universität Düsseldorf
  • 1996 Erwerb der Zusatzbezeichnung „Phlebologie“
  • 1997 Mitglied der International Society of Endovascular Specialists
  • 1998 Erwerb der Fachkunde „Laboruntersuchungen in der Chirurgie“
  • 1999 Erwerb der Weiterbildung „Chirurgische Intensivmedizin“
  • 2000 Honorary diploma from the Court of Assessors of the European Board  of Vascular Surgery
  • 2001 Ernennung zum außerplanmäßigen Professor der Universität Münster

Ärztliche Tätigkeit

  • 1978 Chirurgischer Assistenzarzt Marienkrankenhaus in Ratingen
  • 1979-1986 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent an der Klinik für Allgemeine und Unfallchirurgie (Direktor: Prof. K. Kremer),
    für Thorax- und Kardiovaskularchirurgie (Direktor: Prof. W. Bircks),
    für Gefäßchirurgie und Nierenstransplantation (Direktor: Prof. W.Sandmann) der Universität Düsseldorf
  • 1985 Ernennung zum Hochschulassistenten
  • 1988-1996 Oberarzt an der Abteilung für Gefäßchirurgie und Nierentransplantation (Leiter: Prof. W. Sandmann)
  • Seit 1996 Chefarzt der Klinik für Gefäßchirurgie des St. Franziskus-Hospitals in Münster
  • Seit 2008 Direktor des Centrums für Vaskuläre und Endovaskuläre Chirurgie der Universität Münster

Wissenschaftliche Preise

  • 1977 Preis der „Italo-american medical education foundation“ und Absolvierung des „Clinical Medicine Curriculum“ an der Loyola University
  • 1987 Alexis-Carrel-Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gefäßchirurgi für die wissenschaftliche Arbeit: „Die Anwendung von resorbierbarem und nichtresorbierbarem Nahtmaterial im Tiermodell. Vergleichende Untersuchungen an infizierten und an wachsenden Gefäßanastomosen“
  • 1988 Preis der European Society for Vascular Surgery für die wissenschaftliche Arbeit: „Experimental studies on postischemic renal failure. Effects of preischemic infusion of Prostaglandin E1“
  • 1991 Edens-Preis der Johann Wülfing Stiftung für die Arbeit: „Das post-ischämische akute Nierenversagen: Tierexperimentelle Untersuchung zur Ischämieprotektion
About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Center of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery is a joint project of the University Hospital Münster and St. Franziskus Hospital Münster. The Center under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Giovanni Torsello ranks among the largest European innovative centers in the field of vascular surgery. Through an interdisciplinary cooperation there was founded a separate vascular center that also deals with the treatment of the most severe and rare diseases. 

The Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Münster annually treats 6,000 outpatients and over 3,500 inpatients. A team of experts under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Giovanni Torsello performs 3,500 operations and about 1,000 imaging examinations a year. Every patient is offered the most sparing treatment option. 

The University Hospital Münster takes an active part in the development of surgical techniques. Back in 1996, the physicians of the Department completed the range of services with endoluminal catheter techniques. Due to a long use of both methods and a constant participation in the further development of treatments, the doctors can of the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Giovanni Torsello can offer every patient the most appropriate treatment. Surgery and catheterization complete each other and are perfectly combined. Quite often it is possible to prevent an extensive surgery and to substitute it with minor interventions. Nevertheless, some cases require classical surgery. 

The range of treatment options offered by the University Hospital Münster covers among others:

  • Thrombectomy
  • Thromboendarterectomy
  • Bypass surgery
  • Interponates (vascular jumpers)
  • Vascular transposition
  • Balloon expansion
  • Stent implantation
  • Prostheses, stent grafts
  • Hybrid interventions

The range of clinical services includes vascular diseases of diverse severity. There is provided both surgical and minimally invasive treatment. The spectrum of services of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Münster includes the following clinical pictures:

  • Aneurysms
    • Aortic aneurysms
    • Iliac artery aneurysm
    • Popliteal aneurysms
    • Rare aneurysms
  • Carotid artery stenosis (narrowing of the carotid artery)
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease (circulatory disorder)
  • Venous diseases
    • Varicose veins
    • Phlebitis
    • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Neoplastic diseases affecting the vessels (interdisciplinary)
  • Injuries affecting the vessels (interdisciplinary)
  • Vascular access for dialysis, chemotherapy etc. (interdisciplinary)

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • Lipid metabolism (HDL/LDL, cholesterol,
      triglycerides Lip(a), homocysteine)
    • blood coagulation analysis (aPTT, PT, INR)
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • metabolic status (uric acid, total glucose, HbA1c)
    • cardiovascular disease risk markers
    • kidney function test (creatinine, urea)
    • TSH
  • doppler/ duplex receptacles of lower extremities
  • angio-MRI from aorta and of lower extremities
  • duplex peripheral arteries
  • nursing services
  • services of all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
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